Monumentality, connectivity and flow: The architectural program of neo-Assyrian palaces


  • Ruan Kleberson Pereira Silva Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte
  • Marcia Severina Vasques Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte



Architectural space; Neo-Assyrian palaces; Neo-Assyrian reliefs.


At the beginning of the 1st millennium BC, a process of political and territorial reaffirmation culminated in the formation of the Neo-Assyrian Empire. The construction of monumental palaces was one of the most significant physical expressions of his power. Thereby, we intend to analyze the form that took the architectural space of the neo-assyrian imperial palaces from the relation between monumentality, connectivity and flow. So that we can think the interaction of people with the environments, we’ll analyze architectural plans of the palaces, more precisely of the Throne Room. Within it, the development of the decorative program became a structuring element of the constitution of the architectural space. Thus, the Neo-Assyrian reliefs are bearers of meanings, which express ideal images of society, of royalty, of the Empire, and of the Neo-Assyrian Cosmos. Soon, neo-assyrian palaces express an arrangement of meanings, interconnecting multiple conceptions, incorporating social behaviors and cultural practices.


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How to Cite

SILVA, R. K. P.; VASQUES, M. S. Monumentality, connectivity and flow: The architectural program of neo-Assyrian palaces. Research, Society and Development, [S. l.], v. 3, n. 2, p. 125-141, 2016. DOI: 10.17648/rsd-v3i2.47. Disponível em: Acesso em: 5 may. 2021.